Frequently Asked Questions

Effective 22 May 2020, the Minister established the Board of Inquiry (under the Coal Mining Safety and Health Act 1999) about a serious accident that occurred at Grosvenor mine on 6 May 2020 and various high potential incidents involving longwall-related exceedances of methane that occurred in the Queensland coal mining industry between 1 July 2019 and 5 May 2020.

The scope of the Board’s investigation was set by the Inquiry’s terms of reference. Find the terms of reference here.

Retired District Court Judge Terry Martin SC was the Chairperson and Board Member.
Andrew Clough was the other Board Member.

Counsel Assisting is a term used for barristers appointed by the Board to facilitate the Inquiry. Counsel Assisting gather information and assemble and present the evidence in the conduct of the inquiry.

A person may be granted permission to appear at the Inquiry in accordance with the Practice Guidelines.

The Board obtained information through assistance from the community, interviews of people with knowledge of relevant facts, testimony at public hearings, documentary evidence and research. 

Witnesses are asked by Counsel Assisting to provide evidence under oath or declaration. Parties with leave to appear have the opportunity to cross examine witnesses.

Hearings were open to the public unless the Board determined that a hearing was required to be held in private due to special circumstances.

Hearings were live streamed from the Board’s website.